Since 2011, this annual survey has monitored the evolution of television archives worldwide on their journey toward complete digital archiving. FIAT/IFTA collects, analyses and presents the results yearly at the World Conference.
The World’s leading professional association for those engaged in the preservation and exploitation of broadcast archives.
Audiovisual media dominates today’s global information society. We all are almost constantly surrounded by moving images and television stands out of this “media storm” as one of the most powerful and yet so familiar parts of everyday life.
Just think of all the TV images you have in your mind when looking back to the history of the last 60 years. Whenever something outstanding was happening, television was usually there. And not only for the political agenda, it was also there to entertain us, comfort us, make us laugh, cry, angry or happy.
But what happens with all these audiovisual memories? Where and how are they sorted and kept for future generations?
You will find answers to these and a lot more questions when joining the Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision / The International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA).
Founded in 1977, more than 250 members have joined our organisation that promotes co-operation amongst radio and television archives, multimedia and audiovisual archives and libraries, and all those engaged in the preservation and exploitation of moving image and recorded sound materials and associated documentation. Four thematic commissions permit to address all the issues related to audiovisual content and to promote the study of specific topics.
The Media Studies Grant aims to enhance collaboration between research and archive communities and to ensure the valorisation of academic knowledge for archival practice. Organised by the Media Studies Commission, it promotes the research of holdings of member television archives by offering a grant to support their costs for the proposed study.
Every year the FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Award is awarded to projects from our members in four categories:
– Excellence in Media Management.
– Excellence in Media Preservation.
– Excellence in Unlocking the Value and Potential of Archives.
– Excellence in Archive Production.